Norwegian plans conservation-themed cruise with marine life artist

Norwegian Cruise Line is setting sail this fall with renowned artist and sea life environmentalist Guy Harvey for a week long cruise devoted to marine conservation.

Harvey, who helped design the hull art on Norwegian’s largest ship the Escape, is the head of Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Nova Southeastern University’s Guy Harvey Research Institute, which fund scientific research for marine wildlife and provide educational programs.

"Conservation and sustainability are bedrock values of Norwegian Cruise Line, and the opportunity to further educate guests on the importance of marine conservation to help ensure that future generations will enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem is one that we are incredibly excited about," Norwegian’s president and CEO Andy Stuart said in a press release about this "once-in-a-lifetime" experience.

"Guy Harvey has been an incredible partner and his passion for our oceans is unmatched."

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Escape will set sail from Miami on Oct. 21 for a 7-night, eastern Caribbean cruise with stops in St. Thomas, Tortola, B.V.I. and Nassau, Bahamas. The ship features over 1,000 feet of Harvey’s original artwork with sea creatures like giant sailfish, stingrays and turtles.

"The Norwegian Escape is now the largest billboard for the conservation of marine life bringing new awareness not only for all of those who set sail on her but also for those who just look at her," Harvey said at the ship's christening in 2015. "Healthy oceans make all of this beauty that you see in my artwork possible."


During the cruise this fall, special events will include discussions on marine conservation, shark tagging and tracking, the making of a shark documentary and more. Art enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to learn some of Harvey’s painting tricks live.

Norwegian’s Escape debuted in 2015 and can carry over 4,200 passengers and 1,700 crew members. It sails year-round from Miami.

Harvey has also partnered with entertainment giant SeaWorld as the park pivots to promote its attractions without killer whales. At SeaWorld Orlando's Mako coaster, guests in line can view digital, interactive displays that showcase facts about sharks in the wild and learn about new conservation efforts in a video hosted by Harvey. He also painted a signature mural for the ride.